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Parchment Pulls Monumental Upset; District Playoff Recap

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By, Nick Vlietstra.  Follow me on Twitter @VlietstraNick

Parchment pulled out possibly their biggest win in their school history on Friday when they topped #2 in the state and undefeated Jackson Lumen Christi.  In what was a back and forth game the whole fourth quarter, Parchment’s Clay Whitehead rushed in from 21 yards out with 36.5 seconds left in the game to lead the Panthers to a 40-35 win.  The Panthers survived a school record 303 yards rushing and five TDs from Titans’ star running back Khari Willis.  On the other side, Parchment ran their Wing-T to perfection, confusing Lumen Christi all night.  Neither team punted in the game and on Parchment’s side that was because they went an amazing 6 for 6 on fourth down conversions.  Clay Wilkey led the way with 245 yards rushing and four TDs.  Parchment now gets ready to face KVA foe Olivet who won on the road at Hopkins 14-6.

Quick Recap of other area games:

Division Two:

Portage Central got two rushing touchdowns from both Jacob Allen and Jerrod Davis as they rolled to a 38-6 win over Lansing Everett.  It now sets up a battle of unbeatens between the two SMAC division champions, Portage Central and Battle Creek Lakeview.  Lakeview got three combined TDs from Mike Campbell and Donnie Ernsberger to beat Portage Northern 31-7.

Division Three:

Plainwell’s season came to an end at the hands of Wayland 38-28.  Wayland came in with a 5-4 record but was clearly up for the task of pulling the upset against the 8-2 Trojans who were making their third straight playoff appearance.  Wayland running back Mike Miklusicak torched the great Plainwell defense for 294 yards and a TD.  The Wildcats also got three TDs from Jack Phillips.  Wayland now plays Byron Center who was a 28-3 winner over Harper Creek.

St. Joe slowed down Chance Stewart and collected a 16-0 win over Sturgis.  Stewart had been racking up passing yards over the last three games but was slowed to just 4 for 25 passing for 59 yards.  Jack Turak went crazy for the Bears rushing for 391 yards and two TDs.  St. Joe now faces rival Stevensville-Lakeshore who topped first time playoff qualifier Coldwater 28-21.

Division Four:

It was a rough night for the Wolverine conference as four of their five teams went home after one game.  Paw Paw was brought down on their home turf by Pennfield 21-17.  Pennfield overcame an 11-0 halftime deficit and outscored the Redskins 13-0 in the final quarter to pull off the win.  The Panthers limited the Paw Paw passing attack to just 132 yards on the night as Paw Paw goes home after one game for a second straight year.  Pennfield will now get a home game as another Wolverine team, Edwardsburg was also upset.  Dowagiac topped the Eddies 21-17 to avenge a 36-0 loss two weeks ago.   

Division Six:

Schoolcraft came out alive as they survived against Niles Brandywine 28-21.  The two teams were tied 14-14 at the half and 21-21 in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles got a late TD from Blake Zemek to untie the game for good.  QB Tom Hurst threw for 157 yards and two TDs while Zemek and Cody Mikel both scored rushing TDs.  It is the second straight year Schoolcraft beat Brandywine in the opening round.  The Bobcats showed definite improvement though following last season’s 41-8 game.

They now play Watervliet who dropped Hartford 44-0.  Luke Traver threw for 210 yards and four TDs for the Panthers who led 26-0 at halftime.  It is the second win this season for the Panthers against the Indians.  Watervliet had their season ended by KVA team Constantine last season and will now have their shot against another KVA team.

Constantine still has a game today at 1:00 against Michigan Center.  The winner will play Hillsdale who beat Jonesville 29-14.

Division 7:

Decatur played solid defense and advanced, beating Bridgman 28-14.  Matt Botti threw for 156 yards and a TD and the Raiders got four TDs from four different players.  Decatur now will play Cassopolis who beat St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic 30-7.

Lawton also played solid defense and beat Springport 21-6.  Brandon Turner led the Blue Devils with 115 yards rushing and two TDs.  Springport’s Logan Browning led all performers with 138 yards rushing and a TD.  Lawton will now face another Big Eight team when they face Homer who beat Reading 28-0.

One other SAC team was in action and it did not go well for Saugatuck who fell to perennial power Pewamo-Westphalia 57-21.   PW moves on to face Carson City-Crystal who beat Evart 21-6.

Division 8:

Climax Scotts ground out a 20-0 win over Bellvue.  Samuel Eshuis rushed for 102 yards and a TD while Logan Simmons had 45 yards and two TDs.  The Panthers will now get ready for highly likely second round opponent Mendon who plays today against Eau Clair.